sorting color cotton

This sensorial video lesson is designed for 3-5-year-old children. It guides through sorting colored cotton or pom-poms.

Pom Pom Color Sorting Activity

The pom-poms sorting activity is designed to enhance the child’s understanding of the characteristics of the various things around them such as colors, shapes, textures, sounds, tastes, and smells. 

As Maria Montessori once said,

“The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.” Montessori, M. (1988). The Absorbent Mind. Oxford: Clio Press. p. 167

Therefore, sensory activities are essential for toddlers. Sorting is a complex skill a child uses in multiple classroom subjects and throughout their lives. 

It offers the child an opportunity to develop manipulative skills, self-control, eye-hand coordination, problem-solving and thinking skills.

Pom-pom Sorting Benefits

  • Developing decision-making skills
  • Categorizing and organizing information
  • Visualizing and interpreting data
  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Develop hand-eye coordination
  • Improves concentration

Materials Required to Setup Pom-pom Sorting Activity

  • Pom-pom balls/ color cotton balls
  • Plastic cups
  • Construction paper
  • Plastic tongs
  • A Basket
  • Three different patterns or guides to organize the colors.
  • Tweezers

How to Introduce Pom-pom Activity to the Child?

Bring the activity from the shelf and organize the material needed for this activity. Invite the child to the table, and brief them on how to sort colored pom-poms using tweezers and follow the patterns. 

  1. Follow the drawing as shown in the video. Point out the cotton that is in the lower part of the glass.
  2. Pick the same color pom-pom with the tweezers and place it in the following glass.
  3. Pick the next color cotton and repeat step 2.
  4. Once the child finishes putting all the cotton or pom-pom pieces, compare each glass with each drawing.

Maria Montessori once said, “The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” 

Watch the video to learn how to sort colors using cored cottons and invite the child to repeat the activity independently. 

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Video created by: Alejandra Jurado

Toddler | Sensorial | Sorting Cotton Colors with Tweezers (English)


  • English
  • sensorial
  • toddler